What information should I get after a car accident in Texas?
Under Texas law, each driver involved in an accident is required to exchange certain pieces of information at the accident scene. (Texas Transportation Code, §550.023). This includes:
- a) the name and address of the drivers;
- b) the license plate number of the vehicles;
- c) the insurance company name;
- d) driver’s license, if requested.
In addition, I would recommend that you also get the following information:
- a) the telephone number of the driver;
- b) the year, make and model of the other vehicle;
- c) the policy number of the insurance; and
- d) name and contact information of any witnesses.
Just getting bits and pieces of this information is not sufficient. For example, if you just get the insurance information and none of the driver’s information, then you will have a difficult time proving who was driving the vehicle at the time. Then, if you are unable to settle the insurance claim and have to file a lawsuit, you will not know who to sue. That is because, under Texas law, you cannot sue the other driver’s insurance company directly. You must personally sue the driver that was responsible for causing the accident. If you do not know who that person is, then you will have difficulty enforcing your rights in court.
Keep this form in your car. If you are ever in an accident, use this form to obtain the necessary information at the scene.